Help wildlife in Borneo by making ethical eco-candles!

The Exchange

Come to Borneo and help our charity - Orangutan Project - in beautiful Kuching, Malaysia. We have one volunteer house with people working on multiple projects (see our photo gallery). This project is making ECO-CANDLES out of upcycled materials like glass bottles and cooking oil. Help us make these candles at our CANDLE WORKSHOP in Kuching city. Join a team helping the fund animal welfare and conservation.

What you offer

30 hours of help per week

Social Work: Help with volunteer work in local projects and communities.

Handyman: Help with a wide range of repairs or building.

What you get

2 days off per week

Private Room: You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.

Cook your own meal: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.

Discounts on Restaurants: Get discounts at nearby restaurants.

Discounts on Pubs: Get discounts at nearby pubs.

Discounts on Drinks: Get discounts for drinks and beverages from our bar.

Discounts on Accommodation: Get discounts for your stay in other hostels.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.


Intermediate English

Over 20 years old

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

Our charity is looking for helpers to work in our candle workshop. We have a volunteer house in downtown Kuching city where helpers live and work on our projects (like plastic recycling) or at our businesses (including our bar and a candle workshop). Check out our photo gallery for pictures of our CANDLE WORKSHOP and the VOLUNTEER HOUSE. We donate 100% of our profits to animal welfare and conservation!

Candle Making - There is almost no recycling on the island of Borneo, so we have transformed a restaurant into our candle workshop to make ethical eco-candles. We upcycle glass bottles, used cooking oil, and aluminum cans to create natural candles that help get waste out of the environment.

Activities & Shift

Candle Making - Candle Workshop

Helpers will spend most of their time scoring, cutting and sanding glass bottles in the outside area of the workshop. We use hand tools and provide our helpers with a week-long training on how to prepare bottles. Check out our video gallery for the process! Working hours are 9:30am-4pm Mon-Fri at our candle workshop. Helpers average 40-50 bottles a day after the first week. We are looking for diligent helpers who can take initiative and work under minimal supervision.

Activities may include cutting and sanding bottles, mixing wax and oil, creating natural coloring, creating wicks, or pouring candles. This depends on what needs to be done in the workshop!


We provide accommodation at our volunteer house along with a weekly food stipend and discounts at all of our locations, including bars, hotel, restaurant, green grocer and beach resort. In return we are looking for committed, mature and diligent people to help us make a difference. We are offering a work-exchange, not a free vacation :)

At the volunteer house you will have a private bedroom and share wi-fi, a kitchen, fridge, living room and bathroom. The house is a 10 minute walk to most of out locations (see the map in our photo gallery).